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Oswego County Human Services Groups Invite Community to Go Purple on Wednesday

OSWEGO, NY – October is national Domestic Violence Awareness Month and New York State leaders have designated Wednesday (Oct. 15) “Wear Purple Day” so New Yorkers can show their support in ending domestic violence.

Sara Gozzi and Megan Bittel, educators with OCO Services to Aid Families program, place purple flags in Indian Point Park on Route 481 in Fulton.
Sara Gozzi and Megan Bittel, educators with OCO Services to Aid Families program, place purple flags in Indian Point Park on Route 481 in Fulton.

Staff from Oswego County’s Department of Social Services, Oswego County Opportunities, and OCO’s SAF Program – Oswego County’s domestic violence and rape crisis center – will gather for a photo on Wednesday of human service professionals wearing purple, in support of “Wear Purple Day.”

More than 100 staff from DSS bought purple shirts with proceeds being donated to the SAF House – a domestic violence shelter for women and children in Oswego County.

Community members are invited to wear purple and join the group Wednesday in front of the Department of Social Services Building at 100 Spring St, Mexico, at 10 a.m.

SAF educators said, “Please join us in saying NO MORE to domestic violence this October and every day. Shine a light on this epidemic and bring it out of the darkness. Victims should no longer suffer in isolation and silence. As a community we can work together to say NO MORE!”

Visitors to the DSS building will also see the Silent Witness and Survivor Flag Display on the lawn.

This is a display that SAF assembles throughout the county every year for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The red figures represent women who have died from domestic violence, and those suffering in silence.

The purple flags represent the 758 victims of abuse and assault that SAF served in 2013.

As part of NYS’s “Shine the Light on Domestic Violence” campaign, purple lights are shining along Bullhead Point, next to Lake Neatahwanta, in CCC’s Fulton Campus, and the West Pierhead Lighthouse in Oswego.

Several pizza places will stick paper toppers on their pizza boxes to raise awareness.

If you or someone you know is a survivor of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual violence or stalking, please call our Crisis Hotline at (315) 342-1600. The hotline is staffed by trained counselors and is available 24 hours a day.

SAF has provided crisis, supportive, advocacy and educational services throughout Oswego County for more than 30 years.